The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.

The Natural History Museum (NHM) is located at the Tøyen campus in the scenic Oslo botanical garden. Research, collection management and science communication are our main tasks. We are Norway's largest natural history museum and have 6.2 million natural science objects. NHM is a part of the University of Oslo. The museum has about 150 employees, of which approx. 60 are employed in scientific positions.

Research Director

We are looking for a new research director at the Natural History Museum.

The Natural History Museum's tasks include research, collection management, teaching and public outreach in the fields of botany, zoology, palaeontology and geology. The museum has about 150 employees, organized in 5 sections, and for 2017 had a total budget of 160 million NOK. Approx. 40 million NOK are related to research projects. The research section consists of 7 research groups.

The museum is in the middle of an exciting process where a new strategy is being developed, and action plans and sub-strategies will be prepared in the coming years. The research director shall have overall responsibility and the responsibility to follow-up the museum's research and education strategy. It is a stated goal that a larger part of the research will be conducted in cooperation with external partners at home and abroad. Research in the museum today is focused specifically at systematic biology, palaeontology and geology. Once the strategy processes have been completed, there may be a need to adjust today's organization chart.


The research director shall:

  • Lead the research section and be responsible for initiating, coordinating and developing the museum's research efforts.
  • Motivate and ensure good cooperative relationships internally at the museum and at UiO elsewhere, nationally and internationally.
  • Encourage increased research efforts, increased acquisition of external funds, increased innovation, and strengthen the international profile of NHM.
  • Be a strategic driver of research at the museum and help develop the work in these areas.
  • Be the deputy director of the museum in matters that include the museum's scientific activities.
  • Ensure maintenance and strengthening of contacts with the museum's partners in the field of research.

We want a strong and clear leader who will contribute with leadership skills in a strong research environment. The research director reports to the museum director and is part of the museum's management team. The research director has financial and budgetary responsibility and daily staff responsibility for, among other things, the research group leaders.


We are seeking a research director that:

  • Has excellent leadership skills with experience from similar activities in the higher education sector and / or the research sector, which can document previous results.
  • Has solid experience in human resource management, and task and financial management.
  • Has skills in strategic and overall thinking.
  • Has a PhD or equivalent in a relevant subject.
  • Is result-oriented and skilled in implementation.
  • Can motivate and inspire its employees
  • Is a skilled team player and network developer
  • Has a good and relevant network of contacts with research environments at home and abroad, and broad knowledge of research policy
  • Has good communication skills in written and oral in English and a Scandinavian language.

Individual suitability for the position will be emphasized in the final recruitment.

We offer:

A professionally stimulating working environment.

Salary (position code 1111, Research director): NOK 769 100 - 938 700 per year, depending on qualifications.

Pension agreement with Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund (SPK)

Attractive welfare benefits

The application must be sent via Jobbnorge and contain:

  • An application letter
  • CV with complete overview of education, experience and professional work. References should be given.

The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees aiming to secure rights to research results:

In accordance with the University of Oslo’s equal opportunities policy, we invite applications from all interested individuals regardless of gender or ethnicity.

According to the Norwegian Freedom of information laws (offentlighetsloven section 25, paragraph 2), information about the applicant may be published even if the applicant has requested not to be listed on the applicant list.

Contact persons:

Gro Møllestad, Hodejegerne Møllestad Christiansen AS, tlf. 915 59 752
or Museum Director Tone Lindheim: 

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